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HURIWA blames killings, kidnappings on failure of governance


Emmanuel Onwubiko

Emmanuel Onwubiko

A pro-democracy and rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has blamed inefficient governance for the spate of killings and abductions across the country.

The group stated that the mass killings in Zamfara and other states by armed Fulani herdsmen and the kidnappings for ransom are symptoms of a failed polity.

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA charged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to suspend their campaign for re-election in 2019 and tackle the challenges of the destruction of lives and property by armed bandits in the country.

“We have understudied the political climate and we regret to let Nigerians know that our public office holders at both are now making plans to manipulate the electoral process so as to return to office in 2019, which is two years away,” the group said.

HURIWA quoted the recent attacks on some villages in Zamfara where about 100 persons were killed, the abductions of the wife of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor in Edo State, former minister of environment, Felicia Mallam and her husband and the ex-minister of foreign affairs, Bagudu Hirse in Kaduna as indications of failed governance.

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